To prepare for your New Student Enrollment orientation day we would like to encourage you to complete the appropriate placement exams.  The Modern Language Placement is one such placement exam.  All incoming University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) students are strongly encouraged to take the online placement exam for language(s) studied in high school or elsewhere.

Admission to UNL requires 2 years of a single foreign language in High School.  However, some colleges and majors at UNL require further language study for degree requirements. Please read below to see which category you fall into:

Students in the following colleges/majors are REQUIRED to complete a foreign language sequence as part of their degree:

  • College of Arts & Sciences (all majors)
  • College of Journalism and Mass Communications (all majors)
  • College of Fine & Performing Arts (Art and Art History majors)
  • College of Business (International Business majors)

*Students who have completed 4 years of the same foreign language in high school have already met this requirement, but are highly encourage to continue or pursue a language. 

Students in the following colleges are NOT REQUIRED to complete foreign language sequence as part of their degree, but are highly encouraged to continue or pursue a language:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Human Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine & Performing Arts (non-Bachelor of Arts students)

*Undecided students admitted to the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) are encouraged to take the Modern Language Placement Exam even though their college/major is currently undecided.  

UNL offers language tests in Spanish, French, and German.  Any other language placement will be assessed by the Department of Modern Languages or the Department of Classics and Religious Studies.  Other languages UNL offers include: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Latin, Japanese, Russian, Czech, Classical Greek, and Omaha (Native American).

Why study language? The world's societies, economies, and governments have become increasingly interconnected. Learning a language will help prepare you to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the 21st century. Language study benefits UNL students of all majors, academic interests, and career plans.

Language study gives you a richer understanding of other cultures and presents opportunities to connect with people from all over the world.

Learning a language is correlated with higher scores on standardized tests such as the GRE, MCAT, and LSAT, as well as higher grades in English and math.

You can enhance your career opportunities with language study. Learning a language makes you competitive when applying for a wide range of government, non-profit, and private-sector jobs that require language expertise, or that offer better positions and higher salaries to applicants with such expertise. It also helps you stand out when applying for graduate or professional school.

Language study can enhance just about any other discipline and career path. Many UNL alumni are using a language they learned at UNL in exciting careers in a wide variety of fields. 

We encourage you to take advantage of the language opportunities available to you at UNL!